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Making and Using QR Codes (at evolt.org)

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on its web site, and it is the only entity with the right to reproduce it. If you happened to spend any time…

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Tags: internet, mobile, QR, social media, standards

Color Has a Gray Pallor

Color is the newest social media application on the block, launched just after SxSW and relying on proximity-based media sharing instead of a friend model. Founded by names from other successful ventures along with $41 million in funding, Color seemed poised to storm the social media market. One day after…

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Tags: apps, geolocation, mobile, privacy, social media, usability, UX

Selection Bias When Reviewing Browser Stats

A recurring problem I find is when web developers, their support teams and their managers try to evaluate who is using their site(s) by reviewing their web logs (or Google Analytics) in a vacuum. It is far too easy to simply look at statistics reporting what browsers use a site…

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Tags: accessibility, analytics, browser, Chrome, css, Internet Explorer, rant, usability, UX

Microsoft Promoting the Death of IE6

That map above shows, as of February 28, 2011, the level of Internet Explorer 6 usage around the world. What’s interesting is that this map was produced by Microsoft. This map is also (stolen by me) from a Microsoft site that is trying to move people off Internet Explorer 6,…

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Tags: browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft

Recent(ish) News on Google, Bing, SEO/SEM

I have written many times here about SEO/SEM and how so much of it is sold to organizations by scam artists (though I recoil at the thought of calling them “artists”). Too often it includes demonstrably false claims, like how meta keywords and descriptions will help your site and that…

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Tags: analytics, Bing, Facebook, Google, search, SEM, SEO, social media, Twitter

Facebook Likes…Your Data

Developers are starting to lean on the features of Facebook outside of the walled garden of Facebook itself, and there are implications for us as users that we might not be considering. The current trends of web design include giant footers, social media icons, extensive background images, and the omnipresent…

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Tags: Facebook, privacy, rant, social media